Matt Lauer. Charlie Rose. Al Franken. Joe Barton. John Conyers. Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein. Maybe Geraldo Rivera by the time you read this.
Look at the news every now and then, and you will see it. A reckoning. A shaming of those who have misbehaved sexually in some way, shape, or form.
In some way, it is overdue. In the media and entertainment industries, I think it is more of a ruse than anything else, a way to chew the economic fat. I have a hard time believing that those in these industries are taking the matter seriously. For instance, NBC had to have known something was going on a few years back, as they nearly didn’t renew Mr. Lauer’s contract as a Today show host. All of the sudden one day last week in the middle of the week, boom! Lauer was out of his $25-million a year job which will likely now pay the salaries of scores of more media talent in NBC’s universe.
My guess is that in the political arena, you will see a greater, lasting change, because politicians have to eventually answer to the American people. Take this “hush money” fund Congress set up. I don’t care what your political philosophy is, sooner or later, the taxpayers deserve to know who is doing the harassing, and to whom, and I think that eventually that information will get out.
By the way, I see a lot of my social media friends say that if you support Trump, or if you support the Democrats, they don’t want to know you. My advice, for whatever it’s worth: STOP DOING THAT. Be inclusive, not exclusive. Love, don’t hate. It still is a great country, and there’s plenty of room in it for all ideas.
Back to topic: men aren’t perfect, and we’re not going to be totally perfect in our lifetime if we’ve already messed up. I’m not perfect in my lifetime conduct with women. I’ve made passes or advances at women that have gone wrong. I’ve grabbed the buttocks of women that were girlfriends, and one of my fellow high school friends that wasn’t, but that was back in the late 1980’s before most of us knew what sexual harassment was. All we can do is be perfect gentlemen the rest of our lives.
As UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said, discipline yourself, and others won’t need to. Good words to live by.